With thanks to funding from Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Community Chest Fund’, World Jungle’s successful ‘Full of Life’ project is being extended and developed to help support older people living in the Berkeley and Sharpness area of Gloucestershire.
The ‘Full of Life’ project is focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of older people; helping people to feel more connected, confident and cared for in their community. It aims to combat issues of loneliness and isolation, whilst helping people to feel healthier and more independent.
A Community Fayre took place at the Berkeley Arms in the town earlier this month to help launch the project and raise awareness of the local groups and support organisations out there. Lots of organisations came together on the day including Healthwatch Gloucestershire, the Fire Service, GRCC and the Village Agents, British Red Cross, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, U3A, Longfield, Carers Gloucestershire, Barnwood Trust, Severn Wye Energy Agency and Telecare.
Regular Activity Sessions in Berkeley and Sharpness
Over the coming months the project will be running regular sessions in Berkeley and Sharpness promoting physical and mental health, nutrition, community connection and digital inclusion. The friendly ‘drop-in’ style meetings will offer the chance for local people to get together, have a cup of tea and chat, and to try some different activities. Upcoming dates include: Berkeley Community Library (25 May & 29 June 10.30-12.30) and Hamfallow Sheltered Housing Unit (9 June 10.30-12.30). These will run alongside the regular sessions already being run by World Jungle’s ‘Full of Life’ team at venues in Wotton, Cam and Dursley.
Free training for volunteers
There will also be free training available to volunteers around how to support older people maintain their independence in later life and stay active in their community. This will take the form of three 2-hour sessions starting in June and meeting at the Library in Berkeley. For further details, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 07474976403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
‘Full of Life Directory’ of local groups and services
The project is also focused on ensuring a greater awareness of the services and activities available locally to help accessing information and signposting people to services and activities much easier. The ‘Full of Life Directory’ has been put together to promote local groups meeting each week together with listing support organisations. This can be accessed from the World Jungle website by visiting www.worldjungle.org.uk/community_OPSD.html with a one page summary sheet for different areas available to download and print out.
‘Full of Life’ Project Manager, Fiona Campbell from World Jungle says:
“We are delighted to be able to extend this project to support people living in the Berkeley and Sharpness area. ‘Full of Life’ is an exciting programme encompassing many different aspects of work, but at the heart of everything is the aim of supporting older people in our community, improving health & wellbeing and encouraging independence and confidence. We are working both to support people living in the towns, and also the groups and organisations that already exist; building stronger and healthier communities together.”
For more information, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 07474976403, email email@example.com or visit the World Jungle website: www.worldjungle.org.uk
Photograph below: visitors to the event enjoying the therapeutic massage service provided by the British Red Cross